Rules + Regs

Employers challenging OSHA citations must follow new procedures

Employers fighting Occupational Safety and Health Administration citations will have to follow new procedures beginning June 10.

On April 9, the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission announced updated rules of procedures, changing requirements that had not been significantly revised since 2005. The commission hears challenges to OSHA inspection citations and fines.

One significant change is a new requirement for attorneys to electronically file documents using the commission's e-filing system; businesses representing themselves still can file paper documents. Confidential and privileged documents cannot be filed electronically because privacy is not guaranteed.